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John L. Hines, Jr.



130 E. Randolph St.
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Chicago, IL 60601
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J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1981
A.B., Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1978, Articles Editor, Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology
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John L. Hines, Jr.


John L. Hines, Jr. is a member of Clark Hill’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and focuses on IP and technology transactions. John works with clients seeking to realize value from intellectual property, technology, and information assets through licenses, joint ventures, M&A and other types of transactions. He also helps clients develop legally compliant information management policies and practices relating to data protection, cybersecurity, social media, and generally to the dissemination of content in an electronic environment. 

John speaks and writes regularly on legal issues related to technology and information management and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University School of Law. 

He serves as a trustee of the Erikson Institute, a graduate school in early childhood development, and The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Speeches and Articles

Licensing and Technology Transactions

  • Authored, “Software Licensing,” (Chapter 19) Intellectual Property Law, 2017 Edition (IICLE).
  • Speaker, "Digital Transactions: The Global Legal Framework for E-signatures and Records," American Bar Association, Webinar, October 12, 2016.
  • Speaker, “E-signatures: How the Law of Contracts is Changing,” American Bar Association, Webinar, April 20, 2016.
  • Speaker, “Drafting Technology Policies to Protect Your Organization’s Technology Assets,” 31st Annual Employment Law Conference, Livonia/Detroit, April 29, 2015.
  • Moderator, “Of Tablets, Laptops and Smartphones: Anatomy of Mobile Devices, Their Structures and Data Vulnerabilities,” Clark Hill and 4Discovery, Webinar, Chicago, January 21, 2015.
  • Speaker, “Cloud Contracting: Legal Issues in the Cloud – Insights on How to Navigate the Shifting Skies and Effectively Manage Risk,” CloudCast ‘14, Phoenix, January 2014.
  • Speaker, "Purchasing Cloud Services: Anatomy of a Cloud Transaction," Cloud Security Alliance Congress 2013, Orlando, December 2013.
  • Authored, “Copyright Licensing,” 30 Licensing Journal 3 in February 2010 and re-published as Chapter 3 in Licensing Update 2012 (Aspen Publishers).
  • Presented, “Copyright Licensing,” Practicing Law Institute (Understanding the Intellectual Property License) in November 2009 - 2012.
  • Speaker and Panelist, “Redefining “Free”: a Look at Open Source Software Management,” Sixth Annual Symposium of the Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property (March 2010), proceedings published at 8 Nw. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. 425 in August 2010.
  • Presented, “Anatomy of a Software License,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute in February 2009. (Pittsburgh and Philadelphia).
  • Presented, “Open Source Licensing,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute in July 2008. (Pittsburgh and Philadelphia).
  • Authored, “Federal Court Rules that Open Source Licenses are Enforceable under Copyright Law,” Thomson West’s Corporate Counsel’s Licensing Letter in 2008.
  • Presented, “Negotiating Technology Licensing Agreements,” Illinois Information Technology Association in October 2007.
  • Co-Authored, “Beating Vendor Lockdown: Negotiating Software Licenses for Your Organization,” 24 ACC Docket 2, 45 in 2006. An in-depth discussion of critical deal points in software licensing, reported by ACC Docket to have been among its most popular articles for 2006; ACC Docket is the monthly journal for the Association of Corporate Counsel distributed to 35,000 readers.

Internet Applications, Social Media, Data Protection and Information Management

  • Panelist, “Cybersecurity for In-House Counsel: Achieving Compliance (and Beyond) in a Breach-A-Day World,” Clark Hill PLC In-House Counsel Webinar, October 19, 2016.
  • Co-authored, "Cyber Threats: The Foremost Risk Facing Banks and Their Directors Today," Illinois Banker at 18 (May-June 2016).
  • Panelist, “The Legal Issues of Social Media: It’s Complicated,” Northwestern Law Alumni Club of Chicago CLE Panel, April 2014.
  • Speaker and Moderator, “Can They Really Say That About Me? Protecting Your Online Reputation,” Association of Corporate Counsel Western Pennsylvania Chapter in December 2013 and Westchester/ Southern Connecticut Chapter in May 2013.
  • Co-authored, “Speech, Defamation and Social Media: Comparing the Law of Korea and the United States,” 2013 U.S.-Korea Law Journal, prepared in connection with presentation on topic for U.S.–Korea Law Day at Kia Motors, Irvine, California, July 27, 2013.
  • Author, “Corporate Reputation and Information Management,” First Chair Magazine at 12 (July 2013).
  • Co-Authored, “The FTC and Mobile Privacy,” 30 No. 21 Westlaw Journal Computer and Internet 1 in March 2013.
  • Speaker and Panelist, “The Past, Present, and Future of Social Media,” Eighth Annual Symposium of the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property in March 2013.
  • Moderator, “What Does Enterprise Mobility Mean for IT?” Technology Executive Club, September and October 2012 (Milwaukee and Minneapolis).
  • Speaker, “The New gTLDs: What Do They Mean for Brand Holders,” Legal Affairs Committee of the Association of National Advertisers in April 2011.
  • Co-Authored, Chapter 2 of “A Legal Guide to the Commercial Risks and Rewards of the Social Media Phenomenon” (chapter focuses on false advertising, defamation, anonymous speech and intermediary defenses in speech cases under Section 230 of the U.S. Communications Decency Act).
  • Speaker, “Legal Perils in the World of Social Media (of Speech and Employment),” 49th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute (Chicago) in September 2010.
  • Speaker, “Managing Social Media Risks: The Perfect Storm or a Tweet from Chicken Little,” AT&T 2010 Annual Legal Conference (Dallas) in March 2010.
  • Speaker and Panelist, 20th Transatlantic Dialog, “Digital Disclosure: Uncertainties Surrounding Personal Data - Sharing and Theft,” in September 2009 (Berlin, Germany) (Sponsored by the Association of State Media Authorities for the Federal Republic of Germany and Media Authority of Northrhine¬Westfalia).
  • Co-Authored, “Legal Issues for E-Commerce Start-Ups to Consider,” (Chapter 19) Intellectual Property Law (IICLE) in 2008.
  • Speaker, “Overview of Security Breach Laws,” Chief Security Officer Breakfast Series in May 2008.
  • Panelist, “Privacy: The IT Dilemma,” (Faculty/Alumni Forum), Princeton University in June 2007.
  • Presented, “Emerging Internet Issues,” Annual Intellectual Property Institute for Corporate Counsel (IICLE) in April 2007.
  • Presented “Designing and Drafting Records Retention Policies and Procedures,” at the Illinois CPA Society’s Center for Corporate Financial Leadership: Trends in Corporate Finance Seminar in March 2006.
  • Co-Author and recipient of a 2004 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for “Anonymity, Immunity & Online Defamation: Managing Corporate Exposure to Reputation Injury,” 4 Sedona Conf. J. 97 (2003), cited in EEOC v. Severn Treat Services, Inc., 358 F.3d 438 (7th Cir.2004) (Posner, J.).
  • Co-Chair and Faculty Member, Sedona Conference: Digital Privacy & Security in May 2003.
  • Author, “Jurisdiction: Should Nations Extend their Legal Reach Beyond Their Borders?” Public policy comment on behalf of the Internet Society (2003), (available at http://www.isoc.org/pubpolpillar/archives/juris.shtml).
American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law Sections, IP Transactions and Licensing Committee)